Philadelphia: Robert P. Desilver, 1847. viii,-303,pp. Illustrated. Contemporary calf, gilt leather label. Noticeable rubbing and edge wear to binding, joints heavily worn. Hinges starting. Minor foxing. Good. Item #WRCAM49668
New edition of a handbook for militiamen, originally printed in 1836. The text is divided into four sections - infantry tactic, cavalry, artillery, and regulations. Includes illustrations of maneuvers, as well as musical notation for drums. The main attraction of the present copy is the ownership inscription on the front pastedown stating that the book belonged to "Capt. W.A. Blalock's Company 89th Reg't. N.C. Militia Oct. 25, 1852." According to a law enacted in North Carolina in 1849, the 89th Regiment consisted of "all part of the militia in Iredell county lying on the North side of the South Yadkin [River]...." A man named Armstrong, presumably a militiaman in Blalock's company, has signed his name several times on both the front and rear endpapers, dated 1852 and 1855. A couple more signatures appear on the endpapers of the book, including one belonging to a "Capt. Wallace" dated Feb. 13, 1857, and a lieutenant in 1868. In addition, a notation on the rear pastedown reads "Grant Ulysses S. - Candidate for President of the U.S." Taken altogether, the book seems to have lived a life amongst the North Carolina militia well before the Civil War, and perhaps during and after, though the later ownership signatures do not indicate where the book was possessed. Still, a wonderful artifact with mid-19th- century military provenance in North Carolina.